About Us


About Us


Director Jigme Tromge Rinpoche and the resident volunteer community at the Institute consider serving others to be of paramount importance, and we are honored to make this beautiful place of refuge available to all those who wish to come here for their workshops and retreats. We serve every kind of group from yoga, healing, 12-step, veterans, and meditation to environmental activism, teen, college, choir, and various churches.

We feel the chance to step away from one's ordinary busy life, to find a quiet space for renewal and exploration, is a very precious opportunity that should be available to all, and we take pride in doing our best to make every guest's stay a truly restorative and inspiring time. For more information on bringing a group to PPI, see Black Mountain Retreat Center

The Tibetan Buddhist organization Chagdud Gonpa Ati Ling is located on PPI's premises, and its members maintain a strong daily prayer and study environment. Together, Ati Ling and PPI host a number of Buddhist events year-round, to which everyone is welcome.

We are privileged to work in partnership with local permaculture activist Starhawk, who was active on the PPI property since long before our arrival. Her annual two-week 'Earth Activist Training' workshop is held at PPI every January, and through education and dynamic projects, Starhawk and her co-teachers and students have a major impact on the enhancement and care of this land.



The idea for the Institute originally arose from the plan of director Jigme Tromge Rinpoche and his father His Eminence Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche to build a 108-foot tall statue of Guru Rinpoche (see below). That statue was to have been built in Nepal, but when conditions there became unstable, the project was moved to America. The idea of just a statue then developed into the concept of a cultural and educational institute that would be accessible to all sectors of the community, rather than be an exclusively Buddhist organization.

Guru Rinpoche, also known as Padmasambhava (the Lotus-Born), is the revered master from what is now north-west Pakistan who established Buddhism in Tibet in the 9th century. Although Buddhism had reached Tibet some centuries earlier, and had been adopted in the 7th century by King Songsten Gampo, it had not yet taken root throughout the vast reaches of the country. Guru Rinpoche was renowned in India as a truly great and accomplished master and was able to establish Buddhism in Tibet, where he remained for many years instructing disciples and transmitting many precious lineages of dharma teachings to his closest followers, including Yeshe Tsogyal.


The director of PPI is Jigme Tromge Rinpoche, a Tibetan Buddhist teacher born in India in 1965. After completing the traditional three-year retreat under the guidance of his father His Eminence Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche, he moved to Chagdud Gonpa Foundation's Bay Area center Ati Ling in 1992 as its resident lama. Rinpoche now travels throughout North and South America and Asia giving teachings and counseling people with his gentle wisdom and warmth. He is jointly responsible for Tromge and Chagdud Monasteries in Tibet and also the retreat center Kathog Rithro in Nepal. Jigme Rinpoche is also director of the Mahakaruna Foundation, an international charitable organization founded by Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche that offers assistance to the old, sick and impoverished in various parts of Asia, and also works to preserve Tibetan Buddhist culture.




(not a complete listing -- only public registration events shown)

PPI Annual Summer Retreat
June 28th - July 9th 2016

Rigdzin Dupa Drupchen
July 13th - 21st 2016

Sunday Buddhist Service

Lama Dancing Practice
Sundays after puja

Red Tara, Green Tara, Guru Rinpoche and Throma tsog are offered every month -- call for details or visit www.atiling.org


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